Proposed EHS regulatory changes – April 2020

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Alberta

Update 24: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (April 6 at 7 p.m.)

Published – 6 Apr, 2020
Industry Sector – General Industry, Office Spaces, Building Management and Maintenance

The Government of Alberta announced temporary changes to employment standards “to allow employers to appropriately respond to public health measures” related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Government of Alberta, the changes would notably
– waive the 90-day employment requirement for employees “caring for children affected by school and daycare closures or ill or self-isolated family members due to COVID-19” to have access to an unpaid job-protected leave;
– increase “the maximum time for a temporary layoff from 60 days to 120 days”;
– remove “the 24-hour written notice requirement for shift changes, and the two weeks’ notice for changes to work schedules”;
– remove “the requirement to provide the group termination notice to employees and unions when 50 or more employees are being terminated”; and
– modify “the process for approvals related to modifying employment standards”.

Ontario

Safety Inspections – Mobile Cranes and Concrete Pumps

Published – 1 Apr, 2020
Industry Sector -Road Transportation, Construction

The Government of Ontario has announced its intention to “extend the current exemption in place for mobile cranes and concrete pumps from the requirement to display a yellow inspection sticker […] for an additional 18 months ending January 1, 2022”.

Interested persons are invited to make comments concerning these changes by April 15, 2020.

United States

Modification of Significant New Uses of Certain Chemical Substances

Published – 1 Apr, 2020
Industry Sector – Chemical Industry

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to amend the significant new use rules (SNURs) for chemical substances, which were the subject of a premanufacture notice (PMN) and a significant new use notice (SNUN). This proposed change would amend the SNURs to allow certain new uses reported in the SNUNs without additional notification requirements and modify the significant new use notification requirements based on the actions and determinations for the SNUN submissions.

Comments must be received on or before May 1, 2020.

National Wildlife Refuge System; Use of Electric Bicycles

Published – 7 Apr, 2020
Industry Sector – General Industry

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to adopt regulations pertaining to the use of electric bicycles (otherwise known as “e-bikes”) in national wildlife refuges. The proposed change would notably allow e-bikes where other types of bicycles are allowed, and would prohibit e-bikes where other types of bicycles are prohibited.

Comments must be received on or before June 8, 2020.

Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for Power Plants Electronic Reporting Revision

Published – 10 Apr, 2020
Industry Sector – Utilities and Communications

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency is proposing amendments to the electronic reporting requirements for the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units (also known as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS)).

The proposed change would notably revise and streamline the electronic data reporting requirements of MATS by requiring the use of one electronic reporting system, instead of two separate systems. In addition, this proposed change would extend the current deadline for alternative electronic data submission via portable document format (PDF) files through December 31, 2023.

Comments must be received on or before May 11, 2020.

Pipeline Safety: Regulatory Reform for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines

Published – 16 Apr, 2020
Industry Sector – Oil and Gas Industry

The U.S. Department of Transportation is proposing a change to the Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations covering the safety of hazardous liquid pipelines. The proposed change would notably revise the requirements for facility response plans, revise the definition for accidents, and consider repealing, replacing, or modifying other specific regulations.

Comments must be received on or before June 15, 2020.

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